Sunday, June 27, 2010
Tangle of Capelin - Part II
I created, or started creating, a painting of capelin using a batik technique on masa paper - A Tangle of Capelin. This was done as a demo of the batik process and gives the basics to achieve the fractured surface of the masa and proves to be one of the most commonly visited page on my blog - along with gummy bears and laptop sleeves! This piece had been sitting on my drawing table waiting to be completed, so today was as good a day as any to do so.
I also wanted to try out some iridescent colours that I had ordered that I hoped would give a subtle sheen to fish skin. These are Daniel Smith watercolours and they work beautifully over a darker surface, giving a slight reflective quality dependent on the viewers angle and work well for these fish. You can see the effect of a wash of iridescent gold over the gill plate of this fish.
I have intensified the colours in the piece with more layers of turquoise and phalo blue with touches of quinacridone red to and burnt orange (my new favourite) to balance and complement the overall blues. This piece of masa is mounted on an 11x 15 sheet of 140lb watercolour paper. The washes buckle it a little, but some pressing under weights should take care of that. I should have stretched the paper prior to painting but it was a demo at the time and I didn't think it would go further. Isn't that always the way??
So a little more definition of the fins for a couple of these fish then it complete. I have a couple of commissions to work on this week, interspersed with more fish.